Teaching staff at universities

In Austria the higher education system consists of public universities, private universities, universities of applied science and university colleges of teacher education.

In the 2019/20 academic year the academic staff at public universities comprised 41 813 persons. Of these, 2 610 were professors, 2 796 were equivalents to professors and 36 528 were other scientific and arts staff. The total proportion of women was 42.0%. It is worth noting that only 26.0% of professors were women.

In recent years universities of applied science have grown to the second largest higher education sector in Austria. Overall there were 20 741 teaching staff members at universities of applied science in the 2018/19 academic year. The proportion of women amounted to 36.2% and was therefore considerably lower than at public universities.

The teaching staff at university colleges of teacher education consisted of 6 756 persons in the academic year 2019/20. The share of women was the highest in the higher education sector, with 60.9%.

In the 2018/19 academic year private universities employed a total of 5 343 persons in teaching. 44.8% of them were women.

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